The images below are from a body painting photography session I did one day that was a complete experiment. See my previous post for the Video from this shoot. I had my model, Jasmine, come over so I could experiment on shooting against a UV background I painted the night before.
Above is the smeared glow bodypaint and below is the design that I freestyled onto her to see how it would look in contrast to the background.
I found an old time-lapse of a blacklight UV glow paint piece I did. It’s simple, amateur and neat. I dig it. Do me a favor and subscribe to my Youtube channel if you liked this. They’re gonna get better.
I have always had a thing for black and white photography. It’s how I started out taking photos. When I learned I could add body painting into the element with such a stunning look, such as these silver works, I was in heaven.
This model would have made a great figure model for a live art class (If she doesn’t already do it). But, adding the metallic just made it that much more exceptional. See the rest by joining. 🙂
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Last year (yes I am that slow) I body painted and photographed a piece with a friend in an underwater setting. She wanted a mermaid / Avatar look and this is what we came up with.
The main bodypainting has some CG digital elements added to it. When I was editing the image to remove the blue from the pool’s colors (I did not have a correctional filter on the camera to compensate for the pool changing everything blue.) some of the areas looked like a nebula or space clouds and it inspired me to work it into what you see.
I like how this turned out and so did she. I am not a professional underwater photographer, but I like to play. One day I will have a budget and blow you’re mind. 😉
“Till Death” – A Self Portrait: Our Saturday date night. This was a spontaneous UV black light bodypaint piece. We (Lana Chromium and I) spent a couple of hours bodypainting each other “anatomically enough” to pull off the effect. I adjusted colors a bit to remove some of the black light blue and bumped the contrast to blacken out what skin was visible for the illusion. Her hair was glowing as well, so that helped.
This was a pretty big deal for me. I have been a bodypainter for 20 years, grossly overweight until I was in my 30’s and until now, was terrified at the notion of being the subject of my own art. Until her…
The leg and arms crossing isn’t a hard effect, especially in black light and you plan your pose. Very minor Post production.
You can see the behind the scenes shot in my members area:
If you haven’t noticed by now, the only real consistent part of my body art is the human body. As far as body painting goes, the only real running themes are my metallic paintings. I love them. My audience loves them. However, when it comes to bodypaint skinscapes or anything that isn’t metallic makeup, I am all over the place. And, with that said, here is today’s new work.
As we started, I base coated her lightly with a yellow paint wash from my Wolfe Fx Professional (12) 30g Face Paint with Protective Case to allow the yellows and reds/browns of her skin to give some orangeish hue. This was probably the least messy part of the process because it was the textures I was about to attempt that made the mess.
Most of the time, I am experimenting when I am creating. I have never done anything with flour, water, and bathroom tissue. I cook enough and have done enough playful kid’s crafts to know how the flour and water will crust up. I added the tissue to beef up the mixture. The flour and water mixes both had color added to them, yellows, greens, and reds.
I applied with a brush and pallet knife and reapplied where needed. We gave it time to dry a bit, although it was buffering pretty good. I didn’t have to wait too long after final application to get to the photos.
The Finished Painting
The greenish and blue, sort of, canvas was the background for the shot. My wife, painted a background and it was hanging in the living room for months. After staring at it long enough, I wanted to use it.
I placed her next to a window and we went through various poses and I think it turned out well.
Overall, I am pleased with how everything looked. The colors were the earthy tones I was looking for. They were rich and subtle at the same time and worked well with the textures and poses Jasmine was able to do without destroying all the dough.
Around 2003, I had already been bodypainting for several years, but I have never used an airbrush…ever. When I first picked it up, I immediately gained respect for those who can do amazing things with airbrush. I did not do anything elaborate. I base sprayed the model with the colors I wanted and then hand painted the designs.
So I fumbled around trying to figure out how to control the airbrush monster and the model was very patient with me. The actual painting was really simple, but it was one of the hardest I did at the time. Now, 12 years later, it is much easier and I rarely use it. But that is going to change.
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Artist – Bodypainter – Photographer Dewayne Flowers of San Diego, California